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Two steps forward one step back. It is so easy to get discouraged when you get thrown into difficult situations. Easy to just give in and give up.
It only takes one step to start getting back on track...I hope I can find my way down lifes path this time.

Update: Oct. 2017
All right my friends here is the skinny on what I have been up to and what is current now.
First thing: I am having a lot of trouble typing!! My left hand is nearly shot. I was supposed have operated on on Oct. 2 but has now been canceled twice and I have put it off indefinitely while taking care of other new health issues namely BP that wants to skyrocket from time to time, strongly suspected diabetes and RA being untreated so out of control after having been about one month away from being considered therapeutic.
Second: All of this came on and tied in to a problem with one of my meds which the culprit turned out to be beta blockers that news only being discovered in May along with the severity of my hand situation which being affected by lack of RA control...
Yeah I know, complicated right :p Trust me I am barely touching the surface but my goal here was just to ballpark it for any of my buddies still hanging around and were wondering :)

Member Since: 2/6/2013

Fitness Minutes: 6,784

My Goals:
My goal is simple, to be as healthy as I can be so I can have the fullest life possible.

My Program:
Whenever I can..
I eat foods that are good for me
I do 3 of the newest Jane Fonda DVD's
1 for strength training
1 for walking
1 that is dance style
I use my treadmill sometimes
I use my recumbent bike sometimes
I walk on our farm, the gravel road and the bike trail that is at the end of our road sometimes
I am trying to do the Get More Bands DVD sometimes but usually find it too hard for now

Personal Information:
I live on a dairy farm in the midwest. I have been here for 22 years

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At 50 nearly 51, I am a recent 'emptynester' I have two kids in their early thirties and one that is in college close enough to come home on breaks and vacations..but far enough away that he lives in the dorms the rest of the time.
I am married to the dairy farmer :D
I garden in the summer for the fresh produce and like fishing when I get the chance.
I LOVE cooking and all that goes with it..reading,learning etc.
I find it to be my greatest outlet for most things in life...joy, sadness, stress, whatever..
I enjoy eating and preparing healthy foods.

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  • v COO_KIE
    Yes, the hopper easily holds enough for all day and all night..............depending on the model you get. I do not notice a wood aroma like with an open fireplace.
    No, it is not a common way to heat homes....usually a way to supplement central heat. Our area generally uses oil, propane or natural gas. When we built, we had an all electric home. (natural gas does not come down our road.) When Mike was out of work for 4 months because of a strike, we put in a used furnace, and burned coal. Finally he replaced that with a wood burning furnace in the basement. Then when he retired, he finally discovered why I was constantly bitching because the house stayed cold until 3 o'clock. So, he got the pellet stove for the living room.
    We actually turn it off in the evening because the house gets too hot. Our house is insulated well, so even without the heat on overnight, it only gets down to 54...well above freezing pipes. (Whereas I however, think I am freezing.)
    I do keep an electric heated on in my computer room so I have a place to be as the house is warming up in the morning. Also, on really cold days, we keep them on, set to 60 degrees, just to be backup for the rooms the furthest from the stove.
    1643 days ago
  • v COO_KIE
    I guess the quick answer is that a pellet stove is like a regular wood stove, but it burns compressed wood pellets instead of logs. You put a bag in the hopper each morning and it self feeds all day. There is a flame, blower, everything else is the same. The pellets look like cat food. Though we do have electric heat, we only use the pellet stove. The room it is in is 32x16. It is MUCH warmer than the rest of the house, but we like cool bedrooms anyway.
    1644 days ago
  • v ZOSBOS
    Hi Lisa, I hope you're keeping well, thanks for the note on my page. I am just about staying afloat with work at the moment, I should finish on the 23rd so the end is in sight! I look forward to catching up with you properly soon.

    1645 days ago
  • v COO_KIE

    Thanks for the hat and scarf. Perspective counts, I have found. We heat with a pellet stove that DH lights every morning. It gets pretty toasty upstairs after a few hours. So, if I treadmill in the afternoon, going from the warm living room to the cold basement is a shock. But, this morning, it was 54 in the living room, so going downstairs was no problem because it was 55 down there. Now that I have half an hour of walking done, I don't have to go there....only if I want.
    I do the stationary bike in front of the TV after the house is warm. (Watching cooking shows, generally with a bowl of frozen cherries or orange sections within reach. Also, a glass of water or a 'sippy cup' of coffee. This helps get the fruit in, helps get the water in, often inspires suppeer, or at least, "What not to Eat" I am such a multita emoticon sker. LOL
    1645 days ago
  • v RAWN13
    Just heading to bed but thought I'd let you know that I got myself a blood pressure monitor to ease your mind. It's off a sale site, so should have it before Xmas. Think my sinus is trying for an infection anyway lol, itchy ears n throat are never good signs. Oh well they feel better when I'm on antibiotics so it might be a good thing?
    1645 days ago
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